Gemini, Gemdrop and Plumdrop

Today was kind of an off day, since we had no real plan after yesterday – most of the interesting runs are tracked, not much snow, too sketchy, etc. Instead of sitting at home we still decided in the morning to go and ski three cool looking colouirs on Yellow mountain above the town of Ophir. Starting out at 8.30 am we had made it to the top of the skin track at about 11, through some trees and on some south-facing crust up close to the summit of 12.800 feet. From here we skied the three colouirs in some grey weather with the occasional sun glimpse, in some fresh untracked powder. After the run we were back in Ophir and headed back home in time for lunch, short but fun day!

Looking down into the wind-loaded funnel shaped entrance bowl ending in the steep and narrow Gemini colouir. If someone presses flush, you’re going down the drain. This was the line I chose, but I definitely felt a bit nervous going down it first tracks.

Some shallow little spine features starting off the run down Gemini.

The three chutes from the bottom, left to right; Gemini, Gemdrop (behind the rocks), and Plumdrop with Seth waiting on top.

After the colouirs we skied some fun sunbaked tree and pillow skiing down to Ophir, making the total vertical drop around 3000 feet. Not bad for a half-day!

Now it’s back to the drawing board to figure out a plan for the next couple of days…running out of options.



7 Responses to “Gemini, Gemdrop and Plumdrop”

  1. duddd says:

    I see that you are in the JOI roster back again. Good luck!
    What about Jacob Wester invitational in 2013? You said last year that you are thinking of doing it again …is it ?

  2. jacobwester says:

    thanks duddd! no contest this year, haven’t had the time and resources to make it happen in a good way. next year perhaps!

  3. Felix says:

    yea man,
    rock JOI

    are you skiing the colouirs with your TST touring ski?
    what length are you skiing these and where did you mount them for touring?

    keep up di good work!

  4. jacobwester says:

    felix – i have the 183s for the narrower colouirs, mounted recommended. in bigger terrain i’d go with 192s but theyre heavier to walk with and too long for when things get tight. always mount tsts and norwalks recommended, since the sidecut starts really far back.

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